Browsing Archive

July, 2011


As Jewish As Chinese Food

By On July 28, 2011

“Ask yourself, what food have you eaten more recently,” says author Jennifer 8. Lee, “apple pie or Chinese food?” Chinese food, Lee says, is the most popular food in America. There are more Chinese restaurants… Read More


The Exorcists

By On July 27, 2011

Exorcism is a ritual performed in order to drive an evil spirit–whether demonic or ghostly–out of the body of a human. The practice has existed for thousands of years. In fact, according to the… Read More


Meet ‘The Hebrew Mamita’

By On July 26, 2011

Vanessa Hidary calls herself the “Hebrew Mamita.” She was raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, in a Sephardic Jewish family, surrounded by predominantly Latino neighbors. Hidary has appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and… Read More


Piercing in the Bible

By On July 25, 2011

If you want to get your nose pierced, and your parents tell you “no,” you can come back at them with the best excuse ever: It’s in the Torah. Indeed, Rebecca, the wife of Isaac,… Read More


Awesome People Hanging Out

By On July 22, 2011

The new website Awesome People Hanging Out Together is exactly what it sounds like–it’s a collection of photographs of memorable or unlikely pairings of famous or noteworthy folks. And, though not all of the… Read More


Thank God I’m a Country Boy

By On July 21, 2011

Six days a week, a family plowed the earth and raised livestock, and one day a week they rested. Sounds like a country song, right? Not if you’re Aaron Feiglin. In his autobiography, Growing Up with the… Read More


The Armchair Commando

By On July 20, 2011

Here’s an exercise program for yeshiva students, office workers, and anyone else who spends too much of the day in the sitting position. Years ago, Lazer Brody was a member of Israel‘s special forces in the IDF, where he often… Read More


A Summer Festival of Lights

By On July 18, 2011

Creating public art in Jerusalem is complicated. After all, the city itself is almost a work of art, containing architecture that’s thousands of years old, internationally famous, and religiously vital. Any installation would inevitably be overwhelmed by the… Read More


The Midrash of Leonard Cohen

By On July 17, 2011

The Canadian singer and poet Leonard Cohen has written some of the past century’s most moving, stirring, and deeply sad songs. And several of those songs retell stories from the Jewish Bible. In his song “Story of… Read More


This Ain’t Your Grandpa’s Shema

By On July 15, 2011

The prayer known as the Shema, the six-word proclamation of God‘s singularity, might be the most important prayer in Judaism. The version that appears in prayer books today includes this crucial sentence, followed by… Read More


Crowdsourcing the Holocaust

By On July 14, 2011

Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial museum in Israel, has an unexpected new ally in its efforts to chronicle the Nazi atrocities: Google. Each day, Yad Vashem gets literally hundreds of requests for information about Holocaust victims.… Read More


A Girl’s Best Friend

By On July 13, 2011

What’s the connection between Hasidic Jews and diamonds? History tells us that many Jews, after being prohibited from most professions in medieval Europe, became financiers or diamond merchants. British author Jeanette Winterson, in her acclaimed 1998 novel Gut… Read More